Colusa isn't a bad place for gambling and playing bingo, but the problem is that the competition is way better. All the casino's in the Sacramento region, not to mention Lake Tahoe and Reno, all seem to be improving and adding more and more ammenties to draw in customers, while Colusa seems stuck in the past. I really do like Colusa, but they don't have the variety of games and restaurants that I have come to expect from these types of establshments. The thing I really do like about them is that since they are small, I always get a good vibe from the employees, whho make me feel welcomed inside. Overall, I would say that this is a great place but it is losing but it is stuck in the past.
I usually stop by Hankook whenever I eat in Cupertino. It's location is perfect for people who live in Santa Clara and Cupertino. The employes are always extra nice, I think it's store policy. In addition to the Asian food products and fresh meat and vegitables, Hankook also has a cell phone store, clothing store, music store, and herbal medicine shop within. That makes it a great one stop shopping center if you need to do a lot of things quickly. My only complaint is parking, but I guess it's not to bad when you consider the fact that you are in the Bay Area.
I had always wanted to see the famed Alcatraz before finally taking a tour last year. I was not disapointed! It truely is a fascinating and scary place. The tour operator let us go inside the cells to see how it felt in those tight rooms. The operator also knew a lot about the history of alcatraz and told some personal stories about her experiences of movie stars who had been there to shoot various movies. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has never seen Alcatraz before, it's worth it.
Coit Tower is the historic tower in the middle of SF. I'll be honest and say that the tower itself isn't that pretty. It looks like a big white tube sticking up. What is pretty though is the views of the entire Bay Area that can be seen from the top of Coit Tower. You can see beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, financial district, and berkeley. It's truely amazing what you can see from the tower. I would recommend going in the mid afternoon when all the fog is gone, or else, you might not be able to see much. The price for going to the top isn't to bad either, so I recommend that anyone in the area stop by Coit Tower.
The Oakland zoo is a wonderful place. I just recently went there to spend some time with my girlfriend. I went there thinking that it would be an ok experience, just because we are in our 20s and no longer kids. But I was shocked at how interesting and amazing the zoo is. Seeing monkeys, exotic birds, and bears is truely a fascinating experience, even for grown ups. The prices aren't bad, it's cheaper than the SF zoo. Another plus about the zoo is it's location, after going to the zoo you can play a round of golf because a golf course is next door!
Everyone looking for a pet should goto the SPCA. The selection is great and it will save pet's lives. It's also way cheaper than going to a store and getting one. The Oakland SPCA is wonderful because you can tell that the people there really love what they're doing and they give the animals first class treatment. The selection is nice because they have everything, from cats, dogs, hampsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. I go there on a regular basis just to check out what they have and to play with the pets.
PROS: Selection, it will save pet's lives
I used to go here to have my Mazda truck serviced. The people were always nice and they were quick with the repairs. My gripe with them began when I was having trouble with my starter. When I took my truck in, the mechanics took a look before giving me an estimate. They told me that I needed to have a couple of things changed, which I agreed too. I always assumed they were good people but I didn't know they were tricking me. By chance, I decided to look at my invoice and I noticed that several additional repairs were done and charged to me besides the agreed upon work. When I asked the manager why the extra work was done, he couldn't give me a straight answer but agreed to not charge me for the additional work. When I got home I immediately looked at my old invoices, which revealed a trend of always adding on work that I didn't agree too. Everyone should stay away from them!
CONS: stay away!
SF State is in the perfect location. It's walking distance to Stonestown Mall, so if you ever have time in between classes you always have somewhere to go. The academics of SF State are marginal at best because of the easy admissions into the school. While the teachers are good, the quality of the students slows the learning process. This fact is known to many recruiters causing presitges firms from recruiting at state. I recommend going to a UC instead, because even the worst UCs are still better than the states.
This place reflects the state of asian stores in the Bay area, growing! This place is my personal favorite store to shop. I always make sure to stop by when I am in the area. Their deli is great, not only is the food good but it's super cheap! They also have a cell phone store within so it's like a one stop shop not only to get your groceries but to check out new phones too. The prices are about average compared to the other Asian stores within the region. The meat and fish section is also about on par with the other Asian stores of the region. The downside of Marina is that it is always hard to find parking because they are so busy.
Palace is in the same league as the bigger office dealers such as Staples and Office Depot. Located in the middle of Pacific Ave, it's easy to get to for UCSC students. They have everything you'll ever need for your office. Even their selection of pens are vast, from pens that come in boxes of 12 to pens that cost and arm and a leg. If you're looking to paint or do some art, Palace is the place to go because of their selection of paint and other art accessories. This place is so great, I convinced my boss to switch from one of the big retailers to Palace as the supplier to our office. Delivery is always as promised, fast! Everyone should check them out.